Monday, January 04, 2010

Humble Pie

Recently, I bought the book, Running Workouts for Runners and Triathletes. I freely admit it. I am a book ho. The way I see it, you can never have enough books. The vast majority of my motivation was to come up with some interesting running workouts for Dee Dee. She's doing a half Ironman this year, ya know. The rest of the motivation is that, well, I'm a book ho, and I figured there might be some good stuff in there for me.

As I kick off this triathlon training season (next week), I find myself without my coach, not out of choice, but out of necessity. Dee Dee has started her job. I have a new contract starting next week. Our oldest son is going to go off to college after the summer, and we (Dee Dee and I) have two huge races on our schedule. This basically means that I am managing my own plan for the first half of this year.

The afore mentioned book comes with 3 running plans for each triathlon distance. At first, I thought I'd pick the level 2 plan and go with that. After digging through the time requirements for it, I quickly realized that time alone would shoot that plan full of holes. It would be better to go with the level 1 plan. The only problem is that it is 14 weeks long. I laid out the fourteen week plan, then stretched it out to 17 weeks with what I thought was best. This, quite frankly, is what makes every bit of money Elizabeth earns totally worth it. Now, I have the first month laid out in detail, and I want to scrap it and start all over. I really need to understand the WHY of these training plans more than the what, and I see a level 1 USAT coaching license in my future.

I was reading Gordo's blog the other day, and he said that almost all of your base workouts need to be at or below your aerobic threshold. Strangely enough, this coincided almost exactly with what Bobby McGee sez in the book. Not surprising since Gordo trained under Bobby a bit. The way the two calculate AeT is a bit different, but I'm not sure that matters too much. Bobby's way is easier by the way.

Taking this to heart, I have been doing all of my riding and running in this preparatory phase of my training at or below my AeT. Gordo warns that this would be slow, and he was right. All of my miles have been coming in at over 12 minute miles. Since I am notorious for being a numbers guy, I've had to suck in my ego and do as I'm told, something else I'm rather good at by the way... The plan is, after all, the plan.

Wes

18 comments:

Jess said...

Just remember those slow miles are building you an awesome base so you can be a speedster later!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

It still is hard for me to process that slower is better during training. I keep repeating it but almost always find myself ramping things up.

Call me hard headed!!!!

Jennifer Harrison said...

OH BOY! I love books too, Wes. GOOD luck with your base and Dee Dee too...Eagleman - yahoo!!! Keeping the HR down is good but sometimes you have to kick your own ass and get after it! LOL

ENJOY!

LBTEPA said...

It's worked for you before, hang in there :)

Mike Russell said...

You just have to do what works for your body. If you are contemplating becoming a USAT Coach, I am sure you know a thing or two about training strategies. I am excited to follow your progress and understand your approach to training.

Marni said...

I agree with JH. A mix of intervals and aerobic training is a healthy mix in the base training phase. Just be sure to balance those calories so you aren't overdoing it. I am sure it was a good decision to take the finances into account. but not to worry, there are lots of us out there who can help you with your training :)
-marn

Jess said...

It's hard for me to run any way differently than how I feel.

Missy said...

Sheeeit, slow, schmo, you're moving and I'm not, it's time:) OH, having a gin and tonic for you and Dee Dee right now, fo reals.

Lisa said...

Best wishes with your self-coached training. Your past experience with the coach gives you experience on what works!

teacherwoman said...

Oh how I have trouble with running below or at my aerobic threshold. I have know idea what my AT is, but I am pretty sure that most of my runs are well above it... I just hate running slower... even though I am slow. ya know?

Good luck, though! :)

Joe said...

Smart, Wes, very smart. Especially this far from target-race day. Idle back, get the miles in below AeT... you'll be fine. You know yourself quite well.

Smart personal management, too, dude. You guys will do fine... good decision making.

Runner Leana said...

Good luck with the training plan!!! Ah yes, those low HR miles are a piece of humble pie, for sure.

Happy New Year to you, Dee Dee and the rest of the family!!

Darrell said...

I knew I like you Wes. I totally get the book thing and I'm definitely a slave to the plan. Have fun figuring it all out.

Stuart said...

Gotta get down with the base...this is not the time to shake that thang!

Ryan said...

Blah Blah Blah...you're speaking latin or something about Aet?

What?

Just go out and run as fast as you can for as long as you can, get home drink booze and repeat the next day :-)

Sarah said...

I love books! But I like buying them and then learning by osmosis as they sit on my nightstand. Sigh. I think it's awesome though, love that you are learning so much. One day, you can coach ME!!!

Michelle said...

You know how much trouble I have with the super-slow running, but like you said, it's all part of the process.....

Kevin said...

I saw they came out with a running one. I may have to add it to my swimming and cycling ones. Sounds like it is just as good as the others